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  • Tuffy - African Serval at Lions Tigers & Bears Sanctuary, California
African serval
Species: Leptailurus serval
Born: 4/12/1998
Died: 5/21/2016
Gender: Male
Favorite Food: Chicken & Rabbit

Remembering Tuffy, Our African Serval

In May 2016 we had to say goodbye to Tuffy the Serval. Tuffy passed away peacefully in his sleep. In September of 2004, at the approximate age of five, Tuffy arrived at Lions Tigers & Bears. He quickly became buddies with Gizmo, our eldest bobcat. Tuffy was the lone serval of our sanctuary (at the time), and was loved by all. He enjoyed playing with his bobcat buddies, and his favorite time of day was meal time. We will always miss our sweet boy dearly.

Tuffy had two owners before he was rescued and came to Lions Tigers & Bears. His first owner, who passed away, had physically abused Tuffy. After this owner's passing, Tuffy ended up at a facility in Texas, where he was well cared for. Due to the abundant number of cats already at this particular facility, Lions Tigers & Bears was approached to see if we could provide him with a much better home.

A new enclosure was constructed at Lions Tigers & Bears, complete with large trees, lots of grass, boulders, a simulated creek bed, a small pool, dens and lounging hammocks. Tuffy and Gizmo the bobcat were both introduced into this new enclosure at the same time, and soon became friends. They loved playing together, although Gizmo was usually the instigator! Tuffy was very vocal when it came to food and rabbit was his favorite.